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Carers UK Forum • ello ello
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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:13 pm
by rich4567
Hi all, I'm 35 and a carer for my mum. I just wondered what peeps here put on forms etc as whether they are employed or not. I stay at my mums twice per week and go round everyday for at least 6 hrs per day, so thats like 80n hrs per week, I do all the shopping cook all the meals, all the cleaning gardening blah blah blah yet on forms I think I have to put unemployed, as I receive carers allowance and income support. I work harder than alot of full time employed people yet am considered unemployed this makes me very angry!

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:11 pm
by Myrtle
If there's no option for it, I write in unpaid carer...............welcome to the forum Image

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:57 pm
by BertieBear
You're not the only one. If the 'employed' people had any idea...
If I can get away with it I tell people I'm full time employed as a carer and get £55 a week. Surprisingly I've not been questioned on it too much.
Anyhow, welcome to the forum Image

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:12 pm
by michael parker
Hi Rich,how about putting student of life.Welcome to the forum,hope you find it useful and fun. Image Image Image

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:24 pm
by Rockchick
Hello, welcome, you could always say you work for the government and they pay less than minimum wage. Image Image

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:43 pm
by Guest
Hi and welcome
Kat

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:58 pm
by no1mum
Hiya and a warm welcome to the forum.

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:26 pm
by rich4567
thanks for the welcome and comments.

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Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:50 pm
by Scally
Hi, I have a part time job doing social research and most of my surveys allow for "Looking after the home or family" - it covers carers as well as full-time stay at home mums and dads, and people who live off a private income or are married to footballers, do a lot of nice lunches, and just like dusting the candelabra or polishing the jacuzzi. So what the heck, you could be in worse company!

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Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:54 pm
by rich4567
oh la la I am in good company, though could I swap and be a footballers WAG...Joe Hart please as you may tell I am a homo, oh lord and I look after me ma......oh the cliches.
I was really wondering about what to put on a bank form to open a new bank account as I wanted to change bank, as although my bank at the moment is poo, I have overdraft facilities c/c etc with them....from when I used to work on decent money before giving up job to look after my mum. Joining a new bank the application form seems to leave me only able to put unemployed, and will mean I'll probably just get a basic account. It all just seems so unfair as i used to work half the hours I do looking after my mum, yet am considered unemployed and leaching off the state by the bank, and other institutions.
Even when I meet new people now and they ask what 'I do', I'm vaguely embarrassed as I say am a carer for my mum, and then 9 times out of 10 they'll say oh what did you do before....like looking after someone who is ill isn't worthwhile. I don't say oh your an accountant, what did you do before?
oh ignore me I am just rambling, I've bored meself I need a wine! Only the special offer stuff like as I can't afford the good stuff of Carers Allowance, however I find that if you get through half a bottle the other half tastes just like a bottle of Krystal champagne lol